Trump names a new spy chief

July 29, 2019

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Rep. John Ratcliffe is shown speaking behind a microphone and wearing a blue suit coat with a pink tie.

Rep. John Ratcliffe questions former special counsel Robert Mueller during a House intelligence committee hearing in Washington, July 24, 2019.

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President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who strongly defended him at a recent congressional hearing, to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence. What kind of impact will this change have with intelligence agencies of our allies? Also, Hong Kong police have appeared to rely more and more on tear gas against civilians to disrupt street protests. Yet, most countries have agreed not to use it — even as a weapon of war on the battlefield. Plus, it's pure joy in Colombia after Egan Bernal won the Tour de France, becoming the first winner from South America. The 22-year-old is the youngest rider to win the race in 110 years.

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